The Handbook of Cultural Health Psychology discusses the influence of cultural beliefs, norms and values on illness, health and health care. The major health problems that are confronting the global village are discussed from a cultural perspective. These include heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, pain, and suicide. The cultural beliefs and practices of several cultural groups and the unique health issues confronting them are also presented. The cultural groups discussed include Latinos, Aboriginal peoples, people of African heritage, and South Asians. The handbook contributes to increased personal awareness of the role of culture in health and illness behavior, and to the delivery of culturally relevant health care services.
* Many societies are culturally diverse or becoming so - the cultural approach is a unique and necessary addition to the health psychology area
* Satisfies the ever-increasing appetite of health psychologists for cultural issues in health and women's health issues
* Major and global health concerns are covered including heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, pain, suicide, and health promotion
* The health beliefs and practices of Latinos, people of African heritage, Aboriginal peoples, and South Asians are presented without stereotyping these cultural groups
* The handbook provides excellent information for health care researchers, practitioners, students, and policy-makers in culturally pluralistic communities
* References are thorough and completely up-to-date
Part I: Health Psychology for a Cultural Perspective: Theoretical Considerations.
S.S. Kazarian and D.R. Evans, Health Psychology and Culture: Embracing the 21st Century.
M.S. Mulatu and J.W. Berry, Health Care Practice in a Multicultural Context: Western and Non-Western Assumption.
T.L. Armstrong and L.C. Swartzman, Cross-Cultural Differences in Illness Models and Expectations for the Health Care Provider-Client/Patient Interaction.
D.R. Evans and S.S. Kazarian, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Quality of Life.
H.M. Shearer and D.R. Evans, Adherence to Health Care.
Part II: Health Psychology and Culture: Specific Health Concerns.
B. Baker, A. Richter, and S.S. Anand, From the Heartland: Culture, Psychological Factors, and Coronary Heart Disease.
C.C. Gotay, M. Muraoka, and J. Holup, Cultural Aspects of Cancer Prevention and Control.
A. Raj, H. Amaro, and E. Reed, Culturally Tailoring HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs: Why, When, and How.
C.T. Korol and K.D. Craig, Pain from the Perspectives of Health Psychology and Culture.
S.S. Kazarian and E. Persad, Cultural Issues in Suicidal Behavior.
Part III: Health Psychology: Issues with Specific Cultural Groups.
H. Betancourt and J.L. Fuentes, Culture and Latino Issues in Health Psychology.
S.S. Kazarian, Health Issues in North American People of African Heritage.
G.S. Renfrey and R.R. Dionne, Health Psychology and the Native North American Client.
X. Chen and L.C. Swartzman, Health Beliefs and Experiences in Asian Cultures.
P. Chandarana and J.R. Pellizzari, Health Psychology: South Asian Perspectives.
E.A. Wise, S.K. Carmichael, C.D. Belair, C.B. Jordan, and N.E. Berlant, Women's Health: A Cultural Perspective.
Published: 24th August 2001